Bersa BP9CC: first thoughts
My Son and I took the new Bersa BP9CC to that range for the first time last night. We didn't have a lot of time and just wanted to ensure that it was functional before an extended range trip planned for this weekend.
It's my boy's eighteenth birthday next week and while I will maintain ownership for now, the Bersa will be his carry pistol when he hits 21.
OK, now for some details. The ammo used was my hand loaded 117gr, hard cast with 4.0gr win 231 powder. This is the load that I have found to work best in my PPS. We did not try any factory ammo. We'll be running some White Box 115 this weekend.
The factory sights are very nice. Nothing spectacular but I do like the larger front dot and small rear dots.
The trigger has just a bit of gritty creep just before a clean break and the reset is wonderfully short and pronounced.
We ran about 45 rounds through it and at first my son was having problems with stove piping and FTFs. I took it over and found that it was very susceptible to limp wristing. I had no problems unless I tried to induce a malf. My boy has not spent much time shooting hand guns to date, mostly rifles and the occasional magazine through a 1911. After a little coaching and modifying his grip slightly, he had no more problems. I'm going to chalk this up to his lack of experience and the slightly hot loads. Not to mention that my cast bullets are truncated and not round nose. All of these could contribute to the finicky performance last night.
Accuracy wise, this little guy is right on. The recoil is sharp but easily managed and the short reset trigger is sweet. I hope the little bit of gritty take up smooths out with use, but it isn't really that bad as it is.
My one complaint would be the magazine disconnect. I really don't care about it as far as having to have a mag installed to fire, but I do not like that you must insert a magazine to "de-cock" the pistol for break down.
I'll post more after we beat it up this weekend and see how it likes the cheap WallyWorld ammo.